Amazing! That pretty much sums up our stay at the historic Weasku Inn in Grants Pass. Surely, it's the best kept secret on the I-5 corridor! Originally built as a fishing lodge on the banks of the Rogue River in 1924, it has had several owners and several renovations over its life span. Yet, it still captures the atmosphere of the past, and offers tales of such famous visitors as Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable, who stayed here in seclusion for three weeks after the tragic death of his beloved wife, Carole Lombard, in a plane crash.
The Weasku Inn truly is a treasure. From the massive fireplace in the main lodge to the lodge's large open decks and surrounding gardens filled with rhodies, it's a feast for the eyes. It's situated on the banks of Oregon's Rogue River, traditionally one of the main draws for guests who also come to fish its justly-famous waters.
But the Weasku experience doesn't stop there. It's also a feast for the nose and mouth. The breakfast (which is available until 11:00!) includes fruit-studded scones and cinnamon rolls served hot out of the oven, along with more usual items as biscuits and gravy and huge platters of ripe fruit. We eagerly filled our breakfast plates and ate on the expansive deck in the warming morning air. Afternoon brings a selection of appetizers and generous glasses of wine. And, the day concludes with plates of the best warm chocolate chip cookies you've ever tasted, complimented by glasses of cold milk.
The legendary Clark Gable was but one of the Inn's famous guests.